| Norway’s dramatic
scenery and extensive wilderness areas offer great scope for a variety
of exciting activities.
Despite its often mountainous terrain, Norway is a popular destination
for cycling holidays and many old roads have been made into cycling
routes. For further information contact:
PO Box 3132 Handelstorget,
Fax number: 3352 9955
Fishing is popular on Norway’s many inland waters and the
surrounding sea areas. There are over 100 salmon rivers
flowing into the fjords, where reasonably priced
sport is available.
A national fishing licence is necessary, available
from post offices.
A permit is required for freshwater fishing.
(Bogstad links), Stokke (between Tønsberg
and Sandefjord) and Meland (36km/22 miles north
of Bergen in the fjord landscape by the Herdlafjord) all have 18-hole
golf courses. Norway has 25 18-hole golf courses. Most of the clubs
are open to visitors.
Shorter golf courses in Bergen, Hamar,
Kristiansund, Sarpsborg and Trondheim.
For further information contact:
Norwegian Golf Federation
Telephone number: 2273 6620
Fax number: 2273 6621
In Norway, hikers are very well catered for. The
Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (DNT) offers guided trips,
and also maintains more than 300 mountain huts, both staffed and
unstaffed. Membership for the DNT can be bought at a DNT office,
a hut or at tourist offices. The DNT also supplies maps, and provides
information. For further information contact:
Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (DNT)
Telephone number: 2282 2800
Fax number: 2282 2801
Glaciers are another attraction for outdoor
visitors. The largest mainland glacier in Europe is at Jostedalsbreen,
near Stryn. Daily glacier walks are organised during the summer
in the company of experienced guides. It is very important to remember
never to venture onto a glacier without an experienced guide. For
further information about organised glacier walks, contact :
The glacier centre at Jostedalsbreen
Telephone number: 5787 7200
Fax number: 5787 7201
or consult the following for glacier tours telephone number: 5787
6800, website: www.bre.no.
Horseriding holidays are becoming increasingly popular. There are
riding schools and clubs throughout Norway with horses for hire
and instruction provided. A number of hotels also keep horses.
Norway claims to be the birthplace of snow skiing.
The country has about 30,000km (18,750 miles) of marked ski trails,
winding their way through the beautiful and unspoiled scenery. Cross-country
and downhill skiing are available from November
until the end of May. Although skiing is at its best just before
Easter, when the days are longer, it is possible to ski for long
hours during the winter and many of the tracks are illuminated.
In the summer, it is possible to go skiing in several parts of the
For further information about skiing during the summer, contact:
Telephone number: 5787 4040
A number of the resort hotels have tennis courts. A number of hotels,
campsites and chalets have boats for use by visitors
on the coast and inland waters. Hotels and campsites located near
stretches of water often hire out equipment for windsurfing
or water-skiing and offer instruction. Norway’s
coast and inland waters are great for bathing in warm months and
there are several specially designated beaches for naturists.